FTMTA News 10th October 2020

Farm Machinery Industry and Level 5 Restrictions

The Farm Tractor & Machinery Trade Association has advised its members that farm machinery business will be allowed to continue in operation during the period of Level 5 restrictions announced by Government in reaction to the escalating COVID-19 and intended to remain in place until December 1st.

As was the situation during the nationwide lockdown from the end of March, retail and distribution businesses within the machinery industry are classed as essential. The specific provisions covering such businesses under Level 5 are:

Hardware outlets, builders’ merchants and outlets that provide, whether on a retail or wholesale basis –

– hardware products necessary for home and business maintenance or construction and development,

– sanitation and farm equipment, or

– supplies and tools essential for farming or agriculture purposes.

-outlets providing for the repair and maintenance of mechanically propelled vehicles or bicycles and any related facilities (including tyre sales and repairs).

The following services relating to the supply, repair and installation of machinery and equipment:

(a) the supply, repair and installation of machinery and equipment (including mechanically propelled vehicles, industrial machinery and equipment) for essential services;

(b) the repair of mechanically propelled vehicles or the repair of bicycles and related facilities.

The manufacturing aspect of the industry is also allowed to remain operational under the following provision:

The manufacture of electrical equipment, machinery and other equipment (including agricultural and forestry machinery).

In general it is expected that farm machinery businesses will operate in ways similar to what was in place during the earlier nationwide lockdown. Customers are encouraged to visit farm machinery businesses by appointment only in so far  possible and to phone in parts orders for collection or delivery where possible. The trade remains committed to serving its farming and contracting customer base while protecting the wellbeing of staff and customers to the greatest possible extent. Compliance with the public health guidelines in relation to hygiene, mask wearing and social distancing must be a given at this stage.

Be a part of a stronger, professional, farm machinery industry – join the Farm Tractor and Machinery Trade Association – contact FTMTA at              045 409309 or membership@ftmta.ie for details.

 

 

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